The Human Impact

Burmese journalist beseeches brethren: Stop with the Muslim hate speech

March 19, 2014

The slight, soft-spoken woman onstage called on the media and the rest of the country to let go of narrow-minded nationalism.

Bullied, ridiculed, ignored, Asia transgenders step up fight for rights

March 5, 2014

Natt Kraipet grew up knowing she was a woman in a man’s body. She didn’t like wearing the compulsory school uniform for boys in Thailand and spent her school days being bullied by her peers.

Public fury over gang-rape in India: Let’s keep up the pressure

December 21, 2012

So perhaps at last India has woken up to the daily abuse that its girls and women face.

Malala: An icon for millions of girls who want to learn

December 12, 2012

When it happened two months ago, it shocked the world. Masked Taliban gunmen stopped a school bus filled with children in northwestern Pakistan, boarded it and shot 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in the head and neck as she sat in the bus with her friends.

Dial-a-maid, get-a-slave in middle class India

December 4, 2012

When I arrived in India some years back as a single mother and full-time journalist, there was one thing I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about – finding domestic help.

Congolese migrants in Angola abused during expulsions -HRW

May 21, 2012

Migrant women and girls in Angola who lack adequate legal documents have been raped and sexually exploited during expulsions carried out by Angolan security forces, a human rights group said.

Sri Lanka’s war-traumatised at risk as aid group leaves?

April 5, 2012

It was with a heavy heart I read the press release this morning.

A desperately needed aid programme run by the charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – in English, Doctors without Borders – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north has shut down after only 18 months of operation.

Invest in women in conflict zones to promote change

April 3, 2012

Where would you put your money as an investor? A leading campaigner against gender-based violence says there is only one answer – invest it in women in conflict zones.